Metropolitan Basil SchottJune 19, 2010 - The following are excerpts (with links) of news accounts in the media:

Archbishop Schott Laid to Rest

By Tony LaRussa
Saturday, June 19, 2010

Metropolitan Basil Schott, the head of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, who devoted his life to bringing people of faith closer to God -- and each other -- was laid to rest Friday.

Hundreds of people packed the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall for the divine liturgy to honor a man who exuded warmth and caring.

"Archbishop Schott will be truly missed in Pittsburgh," said Pittsburgh Roman Catholic Bishop David Zubik in a statement after Schott's death. "A Franciscan, he reflected the deep faith and true Christian charity of St. Francis.

"We will all miss his kindness and support. But at the same time we cannot help but recall and celebrate a life of goodness, gentleness and faithful dedication."

Schott, the head of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh since 2002, died of cancer on June 10. He was 70.

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Byzantine archbishop preached unity

Metropolitan Archbishop Basil Myron Schott

By Tony LaRussa
Friday, June 11, 2010

Many of the people who knew Metropolitan Basil Schott say the trappings that come with heading the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh never diminished his desire to live the simple life of spirituality that drew him to ministry as a young man.

"He was a very humble, unpretentious man who overflowed with warmth and caring for people," said the Rev. Donald Green, executive director of Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania. "Even when there were disagreements between us about how various churches viewed things, he always was quick to remind us that we are all brothers and sisters."

Metropolitan Archbishop Basil Myron Schott died Thursday, June 10, 2010. He was 70. The archbishop was diagnosed with cancer last year, according to the Rev. Dennis Bogda, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall.

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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Seventh Ecumenical Council

O Christ our God, You are most glorious, * for You established our Fathers as lights upon the earth * and through them led us to the true faith. * O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Son Who shone forth ineffably from the Father * was born two-fold in nature. * Beholding Him, we do not refuse the image of his form, * but piously depicting it, we honor it faithfully. * Therefore the Church, holding fast to the true faith, * kisses the icon of the incarnation of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Troparia of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying: "If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2Cor. 5:17).

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